Committee Membership Information

Study Title:

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Water Resources Science, Engineering, and Planning

Study Director:


Dr. David A. Dzombak - (Chair)
Carnegie Mellon University

David Dzombak (NAE) is the Walter J. Blenko, Sr. Professor of Environmental Engineering in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Carnegie Mellon. At Carnegie Mellon he is Associate Dean for Graduate and Faculty Affairs for the College of Engineering, and Faculty Director of the Steinbrenner Institute for Environmental Education and Research. Dr. Dzombak?s research and professional interests include: aquatic chemistry, especially interactions of chemicals with mineral surfaces in water; fate and transport of chemicals in surface and subsurface waters; water and wastewater treatment; soil treatment; hazardous waste site remediation; abandoned mine drainage remediation; river and watershed restoration; and public communication of environmental science. Dr. Dzombak was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2008. Dr. Dzombak received his Ph.D. in Civil-Environmental Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1986, his M.S. in Civil-Environmental Engineering (1981) and B.S. in Civil Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University (1980). In addition, he received a B.A. in Mathematics from Saint Vincent College (1980).


Dr. J. Walter Milon
University of Central Florida

J. Walter Milon is the Chair of the Economics Department at the University of Central Florida. Dr. Milon has published widely and his main research interests include natural resource and environmental economics, marine resources, and applied microeconomics. Dr. Milon has previously held positions with the University of Florida and the U.S. E.P.A, and continues to consult for various government, regional, and private entities. Dr. Milon received a B.S. in Finance from Florida State University (1973), a M.S. in Economics from Florida State University (1976), and a PhD in Economics from Florida State University (1978).


Dr. Misganaw Demissie
Illinois State Water Survey

Misganaw (Mike) Demissie is a Principal Scientist and Director of the Center for Watershed Science at the Illinois State Water Survey in Champaign, Illinois. His research at the Water Survey has focused on watershed science with emphasis on erosion and sedimentation and watershed hydrology. He has published more than one hundred journal articles, reports and conference proceedings. Demissie is a registered Professional Engineer in Illinois. He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Geophysical Union, the International Water Resources Association and the International Association of Hydrological Sciences. Dr. Demissie received his B.S. in civil engineering from the University of Iowa, and his M.S and Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of Illinois.


Dr. Robert A. Dalrymple
Johns Hopkins University

Robert A. Dalrymple (NAE) is the Willard and Lillian Hackerman Professor of Civil Engineering at the Whiting School of Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. He works in the area of coastal engineering, with specific interests in numerical modeling of coastal processes, including nearshore hydrodynamics. His current interests are water wave modeling, tsunamis and their impact on shorelines, and the interaction of water waves with the sea bed, specifically mud bottoms. The creation of appropriate waves in the laboratory setting--such as in three-dimensional wave basins--is a sideline activity of his. He received his A.B. degree in engineering sciences from Dartmouth College, his M.S. degree in ocean engineering from the University of Hawaii, and his Ph.D. degree in civil and coastal engineering from the University of Florida.


Dr. Gregory B. Baecher
University of Maryland, College Park

Gregory B. Baecher (NAE) is the G.L. Martin Professor of Engineering in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park. His primary area of expertise is in infrastructure protection, with particular concern to waterways. His research also focuses on geoenvironmental engineering, reliability and risk analysis, and environmental history. Dr. Baecher has much NRC experience, as he is a current member of the NRC Board on Earth Sciences and Resources and has served on various NRC committees including water security planning for the Environmental Protection Agency; committee on science and technology for countering terrorism, and is a past member of the Water Science and Technology Board. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2006. He received his B.S.C.E. in civil engineering from the University of California and his M.S.c. and Ph.D. degrees in civil engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Dr. Diane M. McKnight
University of Colorado at Boulder

Diane M. McKnight is an associate professor of civil, environmental and architectural engineering at the University of Colorado. Her research focuses on interactions between hydrologic, chemical, and biological processes in controlling the dynamics in aquatic ecosystems. This research is carried out through field-scale experiments, modeling, and laboratory characterization of natural substrates. In addition, Dr. McKnight conducts research focusing on interactions between freshwater biota, trace metals, and natural organic material in diverse freshwater environments, including lakes and streams in the Colorado Rocky Mountains and in the McMurdo Dry Valleys in Antarctica. She also develops interactions with state and local groups involved in mine drainage and watershed issues in the Rocky Mountains. Dr. McKnight is a former member of both the NRC?s Water Science and Technology Board and the Polar Research Board. She received her Ph.D. in environmental engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Dr. Terry Fulp
Bureau of Reclamation

Terry Fulp is the Deputy Regional Director for the Bureau of Reclamation's Lower Colorado Region. As Deputy Regional Director, Fulp oversees programs that implement the Secretary of the Interior's water master functions on the lower Colorado River, including water delivery, accounting, and contracting. Prior to his appointment as Deputy Regional Director, Fulp was the Area Manager of the Boulder Canyon Operations Office where he managed and administered the successful Basin-wide effort to develop additional operational guidelines for Lake Powell and Lake Mead, thereby minimizing the effects of long-term drought in the Southwest. He has received numerous awards during his career, including the Superior Service Award, one of the Department of the Interior's highest for career employees. Fulp holds a Ph.D. in Mathematical and Computer Sciences from the Colorado School of Mines, a M.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado, a M.S. in Geophysics from Stanford University, and a B.S. in Earth Sciences from the University of Tulsa.


Dr. Linda K. Blum
University of Virginia

Linda K. Blum is a research associate professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences at the University of Virginia. Dr. Blum?s current research focuses on how microorganisms bring about geomorphologic changes in salt marshes. Her research includes a long-term interest in the linkage between microbial community spatial patterns and processes, and microbe-plant interactions. Dr. Blum was previously the chair of the NRC Panel to Review the the Department of Interior's Critical Ecosystem Studies Initiative, a member of the Committee on Restoration of the Greater Everglades Ecosystem, and a previous and current member of the Committee on Independent Review of Everglades Restoration Progress. She earned a B.S. and M.S. in forestry from Michigan Technological University and a Ph.D. in soil science and microbial ecology from Cornell University.


Mr. A. Dan Tarlock
Chicago Kent College of Law Illinois Institute of Technology

A. Dan Tarlock is a Distinguished Professor of Law and Director of the Program in Environmental and Energy Law at the Chicago-Kent College of Law in Chicago, Illinois. His research is focused on land use, property, energy and natural resource law, environmental policy, international environmental law. Mr. Tarlock is an internationally recognized expert in environmental law and the law of land and water use. He has published a treatise, Law of Water Rights and Resources, and is a co-author of four casebooks, Water Resource Management, Environmental Law, Land Use Controls, and Environmental Protection: Law and Policy. He is a frequent consultant to local, state, federal and international agencies, private groups and law firms, and is an elected member of the American Law Institute. He is also currently one of three United States special legal advisors to the NAFTA Commission on Environmental Cooperation. His previous NRC experience includes service on the Water Science and Technology Board and on the Committee to Assess the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Methods of Analysis and Peer Review for Water Resources Planning. He received both his A.B. and L.L.B. degrees from Stanford University.


Mr. Larry Larson
Association of State Floodplain Managers

Larry Larson has been the Executive Director of the Association of State Floodplain Managers, Inc. (ASFPM) since 1982. Mr. Larson serves on the Intergovernmental Flood Risk Management Committee (IFRMC), composed of senior staff from FEMA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and leadership from ASFPM and the National Association for Flood and Stormwater Management Agencies (NAFSMA), who discuss mutual concerns about current national policies for reducing flood risk and levee safety issues, and explore options for improvement. Mr. Larson also served as a member of the Steering Committee for the first major evaluation of the National Flood Insurance Program being undertaken by the American Institute for Research, under contract with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Mr. Larson received a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville (1962), and is a registered engineer in Wisconsin and California as well as a Certified Floodplain Manager nationwide.


Dr. Patrick R. Atkins
Aluminum Company of America [Retired]

Patrick R. (Pat) Atkins was, until his retirement in April 2007, Director of Energy Innovation at Alcoa, Inc., responsible for identifying and supporting implementation of solutions for waste heat recovery in refining, smelting and casting, the assessment of alternate energy sources (e.g. renewables) and their applicability across Alcoa worldwide, the development of innovative energy options and other energy related matters. He now operates Atkins 360, LLC in Pittsburgh PA, specializing in teaching and consulting on energy, environmental, lifecycle and sustainability issues. He is an Operating Advisor for Pegasus Capital Advisors, a private equity firm providing environmental, sustainability and due diligence guidance on new ventures and current acquisition. Dr. Atkins also provides services to the London based International Aluminium Institute on energy, environmental and sustainability matters. He is currently teaching at the University of Pittsburgh Katz School of Business and Carnegie Mellon University. In 2008 he became an adjunct Professor of Sustainability Engineering in the CMU Department of Engineering and Public Policy. Dr. Atkins received a bachelor?s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Kentucky in 1964 and a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering from Stanford University a year later. He also earned a PhD degree in 1968 from Stanford in environmental engineering.


Dr. Peter R. Wilcock
Johns Hopkins University

Peter R. Wilcock is professor of Geography and Environmental Engineering at the Johns Hopkins University. He is the current associate department chair of the DoGEE since 2004. Dr. Wilcock chaired the National Research Council Committee to Assess the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Methods of Analysis and Peer Review for Water Resources Project Planning. His research interests are erosion and sedimentation, river sedimentation processes and their role in stream restoration and river management, and lab and field experiments in sediment transports, open-channel flow, fluvial and hillslope geomorphology. He received a B.S. in Geography from the University of Illinois in 1978, a M.Sc in Geomorphology at McGill University in 1981, and a Ph.D. in Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1987.